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Choosing Your Engagement Ring: Everything You Need to Know

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Before you start shopping for your engagement ring in the Philippines, it's important to learn as much as you can about the diamonds, cuts, shapes, styles, and metal bands available, and of course your working budget. This will help you make an informed decision about your purchase and which diamond ring supplier will you choose.

When choosing a diamond ring, these are the more common factors to consider:

Consider the ‘4Cs’:

Created by GIA (Gemological Institute of America), the 4Cs are the global standard for assessing the quality of diamonds which allows you to compare one diamond to another.

To make it more simple, the 4Cs are:

  • Cut: The cut of a diamond determines how it interacts with light, which affects its brightness, sparkle, and flashes of color in a diamond. In more detail, the precision, symmetry, and shape of a diamond all play a role in how well it reflects and refracts light. A well-cut diamond will have a lot of brilliance, sparkle, and fire (of color).

  • Color: Diamonds come in a variety of colors. The most valuable diamonds are colorless, but colored diamonds can also be beautiful and unique. Diamonds are graded on a scale established by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) which ranges from D (colorless) to Z (Light Yellow).

  • Clarity: Clarity refers to a diamond’s internal flaws, irregularities and imperfections. Diamonds contain inclusions (clouds and feathers) and blemishes, (scratches and pits) which makes it imperfectly beautiful. Diamond inclusions are ranked in a scale of clarity which ranges from FL (Flawless) to I (Included). FL: Flawless / IF: Internally Flawless / VVS: Very Very Slightly / VS: Very Slightly / SI: Slightly Included / I: Included

  • Carat Weight: Carat refers to the measure of the diamond's weight (Not it's size). All things being equal, larger diamonds are rarer and more expensive than smaller diamonds. The reason for this is that larger diamonds are more difficult to find and mine. They also require more skill to cut and polish. As a result, they are more valuable.

However, it is important to note that the other Cs also play a role in the value of a diamond. For example, a well-cut diamond with a high clarity grade may be more valuable than a larger diamond with a poor cut and a lower clarity grade.

Once you understand the 4Cs of diamonds, decide which C is the most important to you. This will help you narrow down your choices quickly and find the perfect diamond for your budget and needs.

Know what diamond shape suits her

There are different diamond ring shapes in the market today – round (the most popular), oval, pear, marquise, rectangle, square and heart. When buying your diamond ring, make sure to consider first the wearer’s lifestyle.

Lifestyle is important in choosing a diamond ring shape because different shapes are more durable and suitable for different activities than others. For example, if you have an active lifestyle and work with your hands a lot, you may want to choose a diamond shape that is less likely to chip or break, such as a cushion cut or princess cut. If you have a more sedentary lifestyle and don't have to worry about your ring getting banged around, you may be able to choose a more delicate shape, such as a marquise cut or pear cut.

Think about the ring styles and setting

When choosing a diamond ring, it's easy to focus on the diamond alone. But every beautiful ring is made up of important parts that work together to create the whole.

Halo and Solitaire are among the most common diamond engagement ring styles in the market. Halo is a breathlessly romantic option with the center stone surrounded by a circle of smaller diamonds, to enhance its size and sparkle. Solitaire is good option if you want a timeless and attention-grabbing style as it simply highlight the beauty of a single stone.

The setting of a diamond ring has two jobs: to secure the diamond in place and make sure it is secured to the band, and to protect it from damage. Some popular settings include:

Remember, it is important to consider both the style and the setting. Choose a style that reflects your personal taste and personality, and choose a setting that complements the diamond and enhances its beauty.

Make sure to choose the perfect metal

Yellow gold, rose gold, white gold, and platinum are the most popular metal band color to match your diamond rings.

Gold and platinum have different characteristics. Their colors can also change the appearance of a piece of jewelry and set off the color of a diamond ring differently.

Gold is a warm and inviting metal with a rich yellow hue. It is a popular choice for jewelry because it is durable and versatile. Gold can be worn with any outfit and for any occasion.

Platinum is a cool and silvery white metal that is even more durable than gold. It is also hypoallergenic, making it a good choice for people with sensitive skin. Platinum is often used for high-end jewelry, such as engagement rings and wedding bands.

Align it with your budget

Sure a lot of diamond ring options and considerations can be overwhelming. However, you must always align it with how much are you willing to spend to invest in a diamond ring. It is important to be realistic about your budget. Don't set yourself up for financial hardship by buying a ring that you can't afford, at the end of the day, diamond rings can be expensive. There are many affordable options available, and you can still find a ring that you love and that fits your budget.

J's Diamond is your one-stop shop for all engagement and wedding rings in Metro Manila, Philippines. With over 10 years of experience in the industry, we offer a wide selection of high-quality 18k diamond rings in a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes to suit every budget.

Visit our website to learn more about our selection of diamond rings. To schedule an appointment at any of our branches, schedule an online appointment or call us at

09662068716 (Ayala Malls Manila Bay), 09153939320 (Lucky Chinatown), 0966 2137739 (Ayala Malls Trinoma), or 09668036408 (SM City Dasmarinas).



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